Engaged Gay Man: BuzzFeed Attack on the Gaineses Validates Trump Media Narrative
An openly gay Christian condemned BuzzFeed's "non-story" about "Fixer Upper" stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, saying that it proves Trump and his supporters right — the media are out to get conservatives.
In brief, BuzzFeed published a story speculating on whether the Gaineses oppose same-sex marriage, and implying that if they do, either HGTV (the network behind their popular show) or the American people should fire or boycott them. This hatchet job merely quoted the their pastor, Jimmy Siebert of Antioch Community Church, and wondered if the popular couple believed the same absolutely horrid ideas.
This story "validates everything that President-elect Donald Trump's supporters have been saying about the media: that some journalists — specifically younger ones at popular digital publications — will tell stories in certain deceitful, manipulative ways to take down conservatives," wrote The Washington Post's Brandon Ambrosino. Ambrosino is no conservative — at the beginning of the article he announced his upcoming wedding to his partner Andy.
Some Christians have told him they won't attend his wedding, and he said that it "hurts me deeply because it makes it seem as if they care more about abstract principles than me, their friend and family member." Nevertheless, he added, "I do not think these conservatives should be fined or mocked. I do not think they should be fired. And I certainly do not think they should be the butt of a popular BuzzFeed article."
Ambrosino may support same-sex marriage, but he also knows that "nearly 4 out of 10 Americans — no small number! — are not on board with it." The mockery of BuzzFeed suggests a harrowing trend: "Is the suggestion here that 40 percent of Americans are unemployable because of their religious convictions on marriage?"
"A few years ago, gay activists decided the best way to win arguments in favor of same-sex marriage was to shut up our opponents," Ambrosino recalled. "All they had to do was lob a charge of homophobia and the argument was won. Or they tweeted at the companies that employed the 'homophobes' until they were fired."